September 15th, 2008
11:30 AM ET
14 years ago

Obama camp hits McCain over lobbyist ties in two new ads

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Obama campaign is making a concerted effort to highlight Sen. McCain's ties to individuals who have lobbied Congress."]
(CNN) – Barack Obama’s campaign continued its push to stress John McCain’s ties to federal lobbyists and to President Bush, releasing two ads over the weekend that hit the Republican nominee on both relationships.

It’s Over,” a 30-second spot that is airing on national cable and in battleground states, highlights high-ranking McCain advisers who have been employed as lobbyists. “If seven of McCain’s top advisors are lobbyists, who do you think will run his White House?,” an announcer asks in the ad.

A second ad, “His Administration,” focuses on William E. Timmons Sr., who has been tapped by the McCain-Palin ticket to begin to plan their transition to the White House should they prevail in the general election. “McCain just picked a Washington super-lobbyist to plan his administration,” the announcer says.

Both ads end with images of McCain smiling and waving alongside President Bush as the announcer says “we just can’t afford more of the same.”

In response, the McCain camp called Obama a hypocrite. “Suffering at the hands of his own underperforming, deeply partisan, do-nothing record – Barack Obama has hastily resorted to blatant hypocrisy or simple ignorance to his own lobby-driven campaign,” said McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. “The truth is, Barack Obama’s campaign is saddled with former lobbyists, and John McCain is the only candidate who has led the fight to root out the influence of corporate money in politics, attacked Jack Abramoff’s circle of Washington corruption and implemented the most extensive conflict of interest policy in this election – no registered lobbyists allowed.”

That prohibition does not include former or recent lobbyists; several senior McCain advisers, including campaign manager Rick Davis and senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann, have lobbied in recent years for major corporations, industries, and foreign governments. But, consistent with the McCain campaign’s policy, neither Davis, Scheunemann, nor any of the other five McCain advisers featured in “It’s Over” is currently registered to lobby Congress.

The ads are part of a larger campaign by the Obama team, which unveiled a related Web video and Web site Friday. The Obama-Biden campaign also released a television ad, “No Maverick,” striking similar themes early last week.

Over the weekend, they disclosed that Sen. Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, had resigned from his position as a federal lobbyist.

Filed under: John McCain • Political ads
soundoff (111 Responses)
  1. Princess bubbleyum

    Voting for Pat Paulsen

    September 15, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. Emma

    GWB, close your mouth. Just because you capitalize the words does not make them true.

    Why not take your support to the McCain website where it will be appreciated!

    September 15, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. Ellemn Rudolf

    Lone Star Wolf:

    If Obama were a wimp as you said he would be hiding out behind a computer keyboard,like you are. Stop projecting. Ypur true colors are showing.

    September 15, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |

    Wow..... I am not alone... I just read a note from "another former Republican who will vote for Obama". Hi, and welcome, I have three daughters, six grand daughters, and one grand son... Enough is Enough... beyond Enough... WAKE UP AMERICAN VOTERS... JUST BECAUSE A LIE IS REPEATED, OVER, AND OVER DOES NOT MAKE IT THE TRUTH... Just look at the last 8 years.!!! American voters that can think and believe our children and grand children deserve at least the chance for a good life that was given to us by our ancestors will
    not, I repeat, WILL NOT, vote to maintain the status quo....

    Help the families and grandchildren, yours and mine, to a chance for a better life... If you ever learned that Sexy is not looks or money but it is INTELIGENCE, the ability to think and reason that should rule the day and Voters we must rule....NOVEMBER 4TH.... Thank you.

    Yes... Its that old retired white guy from Ma. (former Republican)

    September 15, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    But that was an old television show in the early 1960s...

    September 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Tell It Like It Is

    Obama is a charlatan. He fits the definition perfectly

    September 15, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. BJ

    Oh my God, What nerve. Name me one, just one politician who does not have ties to a lobbiest. And what a loyal Son Joe Biden has. He quit his job as a LOBBIEST just so that Obama and Biden wouldn't look bad. What a crock OBAMA / BIDEN. I don't vote party lines, but when I look at the OBAMA / BIDEN ticket I see nothing but Used Car Salesmen. Obama raised over $66 million dollar this month. Just goes to show you, a fool and and his money are soon parted. Go Democrats, keep tossing your money out the window. Obama sure has you snowed!!!! People say he is a great leader, what hs his lead? Oh yeah, I guess you can count the leading of the Democratic party as a bunch of Lemmings. Are you ready to fall off that cliff? If so, just keep following that used car salesmen. It's what you all deserve.

    September 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  8. proud army and navy mom

    Even mcsenile's own cousin thinks that ole man mccain has sold his soul to the devil to win an election. He states:

    I'm afraid he is long gone, replaced by a desperate version of himself who seems to contradict nearly everything he once stood for.

    September 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  9. Anderson Dallas Texas Obama 08

    Where are these polls coming From? ....No Way America is that STUPID!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. milo

    Are we really supposed to believe anything Tucker Bounds says after his recent TV interviews in which he either blatantly lies or tries to change the subject instead of answering a question? If he's going to make that accusation, why doesn't he name names?

    And I find it hilarious that he uses so many qualifiers to deny hiring lobbyists. No "registered" or "current" lobbyists – so for McCain former lobbyists and currently unregistered lobbyists are just fine?

    September 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. Helene

    McCain's campaign has been and is still being run by lobbyists. Ms. Palin hired a lobbyist when she was mayor. McCain's campaign director received $$$ from Georgia. What else is new ? McCain/Palin ? Give me a break !

    September 15, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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